A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Ugandan border town of Bwera, in the District of Kasese, according to a statement released Thursday evening by Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Uganda’s minister of state in charge of primary health care.
The confirmed case is a 9-year-old Congolese girl, who traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo with her mother on the 28thAugust 2019 to seek treatment in Uganda.
She was subsequently identified by the Point of Entry sentry screening team, posted at the Mpondwe Main Border post, as she was exhibiting typical Ebola symptoms: High fever, body weakness, rash and unexplained mouth bleeding. After being isolated and transferred to Bwera Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit, her blood sample confirmed the Ebola diagnosis.
It is not the first time in this current Ebola outbreak in the DRC, that a confirmed case has crossed into Uganda. Earlier this year, in June, a woman from the DRC visited Uganda to trade in fish, before returning to DRC, where she later died of Ebola.
This current Ebola outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018, it has grown to become the second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
According to the World Health Organization, as of 27 August, there have been 2,997 cases of Ebola, with 1,998 deaths and 893 survivors. Most of the cases are in North Kivu province, but the Virus has spread to two more Congolese provinces: Ituri and South Kivu. In the past 10 weeks, an average of 80 people per week have been sickened by the virus.
But the situation is not as dire as it would seam, a World Health Organization report, says that more than 89 million screenings within the DRC and at neighboring countries borders have helped control the spread, by identifying and providing care to anyone with symptoms. More than 200,000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in the DRC, along with health and frontline workers in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi. Two therapeutic treatments being used in the country as part of a clinical trial have shown to save 9 of 10 lives if used at the right time.